Potential Miami football transfer Anthony Campbell provides needed size

Oct 29, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports /

Per multiple sources, the Miami football team is hosting 6’7, 277-pound Louisiana-Monroe defensive lineman Anthony Campbell on Thursday. Campbell is originally from Bartow, Florida and has spent the last two years at Louisiana-Monroe. In two seasons, Campbell has 13 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack.

Campbell is listed as a defensive end on his Louisiana-Monroe bio page. Prior to playing for Louisiana-Monroe Campbell recorded six tackles and two TFLs in four games during the 2021 spring season at Independence (Kansas) Community College. Campbell is the 411th-ranked 2023 transfer and 41st transfer DL.

Per his Twitter feed, Campbell has received multiple offers and visited Mississippi State last weekend. Campbell had one of his best games last season against Texas with three tackles, one TFL and one sack verus the Longhorns. A commitment from Campbell would add more versatility to the Miami DL.

True freshman Rueben Bain, Jacob Liechtenstein and Akheem Mesidor also provide Miami with the versatility to play end and tackle on the DL. A Power Five personnel director was quoted by Matt Zenitz of On3 assessing Campbell’s skillsI think he’s got versatility, too. He can be an interior rusher. I think he can flex outside.”

The Miami football program previously added DTs Branson Deen from Purdue and Thomas Gore from Georgia State as transfers. Deen and Gore are more adept as pass rushers. Miami needs a DT who is big, can clog up the middle of the line of scrimmage and stuff the run. Jared Harrison-Hunte and Leonard Taylor are the projected DTs.

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Campbell would provide Miami with a bigger body at DT behind Harrison-Hunte and Taylor to go with Deen, Gore, Lichtenstein and redshirt freshman Ahmad Moten. Miami needs to continue adding depth on the DL and Campbell would be a perfect fit. Miami is expected to add at least one more DT to its 2023 roster.